National Breast Feeding Month at Primary Health Care
August is National Breastfeeding Month. At Primary Health Care we have a number of resources available for new mothers including our Certified Nurse Midwives and Lactation Consultants.
We wanted to introduce you to some of our team so that you know the friendly faces who will be assisting you before and after you give birth.
Caitlin Hainley works at the East Side Clinic as a Certified Nurse Midwife. In addition, she has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 2011.
She began her journey assisting breastfeeding moms in Shanghai, China. Caitlin gave birth to her first child in Wuhan, China in 2008 and struggled with breastfeeding. It was difficult at the time to find resources to bridge the language barrier.
She was able to overcome her intial breastfeeding challenges and went on to breastfeed her child for 22 months. Her hope is that no new mom has to struggle alone as she did.
She provides comprehensive lactation assistance to any new mom regardless of language or income barriers as Primary Health Care has multiple language interpreter services available and takes all insurance as well as those with no insurance.
Caitlin is able to assess latch, infant oral anatomy, milk transfer and assist with common breastfeeding issues such as pain with nursing, difficulty latching, engorgement, thrush or mastitis.
Meet Megan Sloat the Certified Nurse Midwife at our Ames Medical Clinic.
Megan leads our Centering Pregnancy program which provides group prenatal care to PHC patients in Ames.
The Centering Pregnancy program devotes an entire two hour session to discussing the benefits of breastfeeding. With each group, we have a local Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) lead the session on breastfeeding.
“It has been exciting to witness how women end up being very motivated to breastfeed their newborn after learning all of the benefits! Also, their partners are more supportive of breastfeeding as a result of attending the session as well.”
Emily Zambrano Andrews works at the Bery Engebretsen Clinic in Des Moines as a Certified Nurse Midwife.
She sees mothers when their newborn has their first visit for a weight check at around five days old, and at this visit she provides lactation support.
Prior to coming to PHC, Emily has extensive experience with breastfeeding support as an RN, including ten years of experience in labor, delivery, and postpartum care where she worked closely with mothers and newborns.
She was part of a baby-friendly initiative that Mary Greeley Medical Center (Ames) has established.
Those first few days after birth is a very crucial point of establishing a good breastfeeding relationship.
Meet Madhai Jacquez our Clinic Support Worker and a Certified Lactation Specialist at the East Side Clinic.
Madhai is dedicated to helping all women reach their breastfeeding goals and ensuring that access is equitable despite language or income barriers.
She is fluent in English and Spanish and provides breastfeeding education and support to new and expecting mothers at our East Side Clinic.
Thank you Madhai for all that you do for patients and newborns.